|One of the speakers presents the material. (Photo: Special)|
The International Relations Study Program University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) has the pride to be the host of the International Humanitarian Law Course. The humanitarian law course is an annual agenda of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Regional Delegation Indonesia-Timor Leste. Participated by 45 participants from various universities, ministries, and non-governmental organizations from Indonesia and Timor Leste.
The event heldon August 19-23, 2019 at the Amarta Hills Hotel and Resort, Batu City. UMM Vice Rector I Prof. Dr. Syamsul Arifin, M.Si in his remarks welcomed ICRC's trust in choosing UMM to be the host. According to him, humanitarian law courses are important in order to understand the importance of humanitarian missions, especially in war situations. He added religion is a manifestation to realize humanity.
However, continued Syamsul, who is a professor of the Sociology of Religion, ironically no religion can avoid a war. For this reason, he continued, understanding the value and substance of humanity in war is fundamental, as a manifestation of religious teachings as well as respect for human rights.
Meanwhile, the Director of the Central Authority and International Law of the Kemenkumham Tudiono sawthat along with the complexity of armed conflict supported by the modernization of weapons, the protection of human values must be increased.
"In the context of Indonesia, the Indonesian government continues to ensure the implementation of respect for international humanitarian law, one of which is through the formulation of the Constitution Number 1 of 2018 followed by Government regulation Number 7 of 2019," he said.
For this reason, he said, this activity was important in helping the process of aligning and perfecting Indonesian humanitarian law with international humanitarian law. At the same time establishing synergy between the government and stakeholders, one of which is the ICRC and universities.
Furthermore, Dr. Alina Permanasari from the Faculty of Law of Trisakti University as one of the speakers in her presentation emphasized that in the event of armed conflict, it is not only civil society that must receive protection. Even international humanitarian law regulates the obligations of both parties to the conflict to protect cultural objects, such as historic buildings, prehistoric sites, to manuscripts. This shows that war has rules that must be obeyed by each party.
For five days, the program was filled with the presentation of material and discussion on international humanitarian law from various experts. Present as presenters included ICRC Indonesia-Timor Leste, Kushartoyo B.S., Donny Putranto, Novriantoni Kaharuddin, and Muhammad Awfa. Then Major Ahmad Fadilah, Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Natsri Anshari, Admiral Kresno Buntoro from the TNI and Yunizar Adiputera from the academics, and Azharuddin from the Republic of Indonesia Ministry of Law and Human Rights. (joh)